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Often we get bogged down in dealing with life’s challenges that seem to take our focus off of what is important. We go through our day-to-day activities sometimes routinely and without much thought. Family time sometimes gets overlooked and pushed aside because we are too tired or preoccupied with our work, chores, and hobbies. However, this is not what God wanted for our lives and our families. It is essential that we never get so occupied with the distractions of life that we lose our daily connection with God. It is imperative that we spend quality time with our Savior each day. This is essential to having a successful relationship with God.

It is also necessary that as we continue to develop and grow our relationship with Christ that we include our family members. For families with children, it is imperative to teach them what a relationship with God looks like and how it is maintained. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” With the influences from social media, issues on the job, economic challenges and the pressure to “fit in,” family units need to have a strong connection with God. And yet, through all of the issues that this world presents us, those who profess to be Christians have no family worship. In Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 7, Ellen White writes, “The idea that prayer is not essential is one of Satan’s most successful devices to ruin souls. Prayer is communion with God, the Fountain of wisdom, the Source of strength, and peace, and happiness” (p. 42). Families should plan for both morning and evening devotion.

As school is now underway, it is important that families make it a priority to spend time together and with God. It is proven that when families have a strong connection with God, their unit as a family will also be strong and that their successes throughout the days, weeks, months and years will be high. Spending time with Him together can be easily accomplished when you make it a priority. But shouldn’t spending time with God be our priority anyway? Here are some helpful tips on how to accomplish this endeavor:

  1. Wake up earlier than normal and have breakfast together at the table.
  2. Text each other throughout the day with encouragement or scripture passages.
  3. Eat dinner together at the table without any electronic devices.
  4. Have daily evening worship as a family.
  5. Turn the TV off for at least an hour and do something as a family.
  6. On Sabbath, take the family for a walk in a park and enjoy God’s beauty.
  7. Have weekly memory verses, individually and as a family.

These simple tips are just a few things that a family can do to strengthen their relationship with God and each other. Let’s make it our priority to make sure we do this.

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